Handmade arts and crafts is generally believed to mirror the culture and civilsation of a region or state. But in today’s globalised world, where the challenge is to increase the productivity of synthetic products( read made in China ) through technical excellence, traditional creative artistry using environment friendly raw materials and pain staking workmanship has been sidelined.
Some organizations and individuals have taken keen interest to promote such creative artisans and revive Indian art and project it to the modern world. One such creation is Shilparamam on the periphery of Hi-Tec city, by the Government of AP .
With MNC’s and 7Star hotel as neighbours, Shilparamam is a rustic village specially created to promote the creative artisans and their traditional art from every corner of our country. It hosts numerous fairs, annual bazaars, night bazaars and crafts festivals throughout the year and provides the buyers a market to buy objects of art directly from the artisans without having to deal with the middleman.
The architecture of this place would remind you of a village with all those beautiful stalls with hay conical roofs, terracotta plastered uneven walls and painted with beautiful rangolis in white. The village museum here showcases life as in village of yore. At the switch of a button all the village folks start performing chores like chaffing grains,cooking on chulha, grinding with grinding stone, pestle mortar, weaving yarns into clothes etc.,
Spread over 50 acres of land, it has a multipurpose auditorium called Shilpakala vedika which stages concerts, folk dramas, an amphitheatre, a miniature village museum, art gallery, cultural and artistic workshops, eateries serving traditional cuisine and place for recreation like boating and live shows. Festivals are celebrated here in the most unique and traditional way. It is a perfect place to getaway and connect our touch button generation to the roots of our rich heritage.
Though many fairs take place regularly, the one that happens in the last fortnight of December is a major event(Dec 16- Dec31) called THE ALL INDIA CRAFTS MELA and attracts heavy crowd and sales.
It is also a pleasure to shop at such haats than malls for a change because these haats are also a haggler’s delight and there are no middlemen involved.
Sharing with you some photos clicked at the haat with an alert that this is a long visual post but would be nice if you view them till the end. ( all photos clicked by me in my camera mobile, so excuse the clarity factor)
The entrance to Shilparamam
Jute craft of West Bengal
Brass craft of Tamilnadu
Dhurries and table mats from Bhuj, Gujrat
Beautiful weaver bird nest and nest wreaths. No clue from which place? Do you know?
furniture made from bamboo
Carvings of neem wood painted with earthy colors make a beautiful show piece reflecting our culture
Kondapalli toys of Andhra Pradesh
enormous patience, dedication and concentration must have gone into crafting this beautiful door made from Red Sanders wood unique to Tirupati and Srikalahasti
Yes, please 'Don't Tuch'( hyderabadi english)